The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (Flavia de Luce Mysteries)
It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia... show more
It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”
Publish date: 2010-01-19
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
As someone growing up in Kolkata, I have been exposed to the Bengali brand of Detective novels from the very beginning of my reading life. These books almost always had a juvenile character, embroiled on his own or in the guise of helping an adult, in the thick of the mystery, trying to solve it. Th...
~~Moved from GR--now only 14 left!~~ The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) by Alan Bradley A lighthearted and enjoyable murder mystery romp with engaging and entertaining characters. Flavia, the protagonist and investigator, is a horrifically precocious 11-year-old girl with a...
This was fun, I did enjoy it--but I expected to love it, and in the end I rather doubt I'll be seeking out more books in this series--thus only three stars. I'm rather shocked I didn't love it--I'd expect this book to be exactly my cup of tea. A cozy mystery, set in 1950s England, with an old ancest...
I decided to try Bradley’s Flavia de Luce mysteries–this is the first one. While Flavia is almost impossibly precocious, they’re great fun and satisfied my hankering for a new mystery series nicely.
It was an interesting book, but I felt it lacked a bit. Maybe because I don't really care about stamps and all that, and practically the whole book is about stamps. I also didn't really like the main character, maybe because she was such a know-it-all character and I tend to dislike those, especiall...